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  • L'ANSE AUX MEADOWS, NL - If you close your eyes, and brace yourself against the biting breeze blowing under a strong midday sun, you can almost picture Viking explorer Leif Ericson guiding his sail-propelled faering into this isolated Newfoundland bay where the waves roar and crash against the rocks on shore. Top Stories 2009


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  • An open rowboat with two pairs of oars, commonly found in most boat-building communities in western and northern Scandinavia. The word faering comes from the Norse word færing, literally meaning "four-ing," and it refers to the number of oars on the boat. The faering has a long history in western Scandinavia. The smaller boats found with the 9th-century Gokstad ship resemble boats still in use in parts of Norway.

    February 5, 2008